Columbia College Holds Career Fair

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COLUMBIA - Columbia College held its annual career fair Wednesday afternoon.

The college's Grossnickle Career Services Center put on the event as mid-Missouri companies attended to look for potential employers. Similar to most career fairs, the event is designed to connect employers and students for employment in the near future.

Even though the college's website says space is limited for the first 60 companies who register to attend, a record-breaking 76 employers signed up for the fair. The fair has existed for more than 20 years.

Student Assistant Ashley Wager has worked the fair the past three years. She said the emphasis on establishing and retaining relationships with companies that attend has helped her college's fair get to this point.

"We've got better relationships with our employers we've never had before with more employers and we've got brand new programs coming out," Wager said.

Director of Career Services Don Malson said Columbia College's career fair strives to be more personable than other career fairs.

"We want the student to get the opportunity to present themselves to an employer," Malson said. "It helps them in the interview process and relaxing them a little bit more. We want them to get a taste of the real world."

 Malson said many students have received positions from the business sector as a result of attending the fair.